Why certifications matter more now than ever 12 August 2019

Documentation has always been critically important in the fastener industry. Certificates of conformance and material certifications are necessary to ensure parts conform to print specifications and required processes.

In addition, manufacturers and distributors need to be able to trace the origins of the material used to fabricate parts to ensure quality control, manage risk, and ensure that parts are not counterfeit. For many years companies have been required to demonstrate their management systems meet international good practice standards, through the third party verification systems set-up under the ISO standards.

However, today the need for product certification is even more critical due to the stringent requirements of the global supply chain. Not only must parts be in conformance and traceable, they must also have demonstrative evidence that they don’t contain materials that are hazardous to the environment or to human health and well being. Restrictions on hazardous substances and chemicals originating in the European Union, as well as restrictions on potential carcinogens out of California, necessitate supply chain transparency that can only be provided by reputable manufacturers and distributors who take supply chain sustainability seriously.

Since its founding ZAGO Manufacturing Company has prioritised supply chain transparency using only raw materials supplied by reputable sources. ZAGO certifies that all of its products conform to print specifications (C of C) and can provide full material certifications for all of its products. In addition, the company operates under ISO 9001:2015 standards and can provide certification and certify all its products meet the EU RoHS and REACH requirements, as well as California’s Proposition 65 restrictions, and they are also Conflict Mineral Free.

ZAGO manufactures sealing fasteners that promote the values of sustainability by making equipment subjected to environmental hazards more resilient and protects human health by sealing in hazardous substances that are detrimental to the environment. ZAGO also ensures that its raw materials are sustainably sourced and promotes the values of sustainability consistently in its day-to-day operations.

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Deputy Editor

Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 814 450

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Having joined the magazine in 2012, Claire developed her knowledge of the industry through the numerous company visits, exhibitions and conferences she attended both in the UK and abroad.

Claire prides herself on keeping readers well informed and up to date with the latest industry news.